Now, how about some Good Nurse stories. - page 2

I've enjoyed the posts about the nice things doctors have done, now lets talk about some of the good nurses we work with every day. With a few exceptions, I work with some excellent nurses. We have... Read More

  1. by   samrn32
    The nurses I work with are so great all the time it is really hard
    to single out examples. I hope it would never be necessary
    but I would feel comfortable having any of them take care of me
    or any of my family. They are really great.
    As a patient for an outpatient procedure done just today , at a
    different hospital , I had a fantastic nurse in holding, I was all
    teary eyed and trying not to show it. Of course she noticed and
    pulled the curtains and was just great to me, I went ahead and
    cried which I hate doing in front of people but I felt ok crying
    in front of her. I am going to write to that hospital and tell them
    how wonderful she was.
    There are too many wonderful nurses that I work with, and many wonderful things that they do on a daily basis, to single any of them out. I work with a wonderful group of nurses. This was my first hospital job, and I expected to be eaten alive. They all took me under their wings and have been, and continue to be, great educators. They are the only things keeping me on a unit that I find to be undesirable on many other levels. I am an only child, but they have become my sisters.

  3. by   live4today
    Originally posted by RNinICU
    ...........Does anyone out there have a story about another nurse who provides exceptional care or has done something kind for a coworker?
    You know, I have met and worked with soooooooo many wonderful nurses during the years I worked in nursing. I've even been a patient numerous times, and can only recall one nurse who seemed to really carry the weight of the world around on her shoulders AND let her patients know about it -- poor thing. :kiss The excellent caring compassionate and loving nurses that I have been blessed to know FAR outweigh the ones that made me wonder why they went into nursing in the first place.

    I've had excellent nurse mentors, excellent nurse managers (except for a couple that come to mind quite readily...nightmares on elm street for real ), and had the privilege of caring for quite a few patients who themselves were nurses or doctors. It's the good memories of nursing that are pulling me back into the field. I'm so looking forward to my first full breath on the job of nursing again! Hmmmmmmmm....such pleasure!
  4. by   judy ann
    As I search my many years of nursing, I think of many nurses that stand out. Each time I search, one always comes to the top. This lady was the nurse manager of the obstetrics unit for only a short while, but she made a great impact on the unit, the staff, and especially on me. She is an excellent nurse, and had become certified at the same time as I. She managed to find something to give credit for when you needed to be given credit. She was able to correct you without making you feel that you had really made a big goof, only that you had experienced an learning experience. She not only was able to work on the unit in any capacity, but did this often, and when she did, she expected to be treated like everyone else-no special favors-even from the docs. She sensed when you were having a bad day, and took you aside so that you could talk about it, and you wanted to talk about it to her. As I write this, I'm trying to think of something about her that was less than great, and I can't. She was my dear friend, but she was a dear friend to all the staff. She showed no favorites, but everyone was her favorite. I know, she sounds like a Saint. She was a human being who "got it". These folks are few and far between, and I sure wish I could be more like her. I share her name, and her red hair, her love of OB, but not much else. I'm trying. Oh my, yes, I've shared this with her many times. She just blushes. :kiss
    Last edit by judy ann on Jun 15, '02
  5. by   mattsmom81
    I've been blessed to work with kind and brilliant nurses! The ones I truly love are those that seem to be on the same 'wavelength' as other nurses in the unit.....and can tell when you need an extra set of hands in the room without you saying a word...I try to be that kind of coworker too.

    Gotta love the guys and gals at shift change that stay over a little bit and help me get my fresh heart settled in...doncha HATE change of shift patients?? We're hectic enough, then in rolls the OR crew, anesthesiologist and thoracic surgeon. barking orders at ya..

    And the nurses who will stay over 4 hours, plus the nurses who will come in 4 hours early to cover a nurse who called in at the last minute (trouble is administration counts on us doing this kind of thing too much. We do this for one another and they 'use' that...

    Nurses are good people. The old 'nurse ratchits' and burned out old biddies are mostly good old nurses who are worn out and a little embittered by years of hard, hard work. I try to understand them, even if they're not always pleasant...usually it works too. :kiss
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jun 16, '02
  6. by   Brownms46
    I worked in a hospital in SC and I have the best memories of getting admissions, and having everyone who wasn't busy, come over and help each other get the admission in the bed...cleaned, weighted, on the monitor..lines set up..etc, etc.... It was awesome to work with these wonderful nurses. NO ONE ever complained about how many, or how late the admission was...we were GOOD at getting things organzied. Also the same with baths at nite...EVERYONE helped each other!! I did several contracts in this unit....and almost went on staff....but the company that took over...was pissing too many of them off. And there were very frustrated with the situation, as this hospital before this company had taken over....had never had to put an ad in the paper for a nurse. This was felt lucky to get a job in. I know because while in this city working for another hospital...I watched the paper for an ad...and asked my agency often if they had any calls for help. When I finally got a contract...I was thrilled! Before I left the area...I got a chance to go back for a couple of shifts...and I can truly say...I miss them... What a wonderful bunch they were! They could take care of me or my child ANYTIME!!

    In fact there were several hospital there in SC I felt that way about. I always felt like family when I went to work....and that is a truly great feeling...
    Last edit by Brownms46 on Jun 16, '02
  7. by   mattsmom81
    I remember being the 'new' nurse on the unit...and how it felt to NOT be 'part of the group'. There are some threads describing how badly the newbie feels when the regulars don't include them, or even reject them. This is a tough situation and is hard on the new grad who is trying to learn AND fit in.

    I remember the veteran nurses who took the time to get to know me a little and included me in their little get togethers, or on potluck night. Or took a moment to show me the latest piece of equipment, or let me do a procedure that was new to me.

    I always try to "pay it forward" and be kind to the new kid on the block, because of the great nurses that did the same for me.
  8. by   I1tobern
    Hey guys,

    I'm not a nurse yet, but let me tell you about my little corner of the world. About four years ago, I went through treatment for cancer. I loved my docs, but the people who helped me the most were my nurses. If I needed to speak to one of the nurses in my surgeon's office, they were right there for me. The same is true with my oncology nurse. When I had my lumpectomy, I made it a point to send flowers to the ladies who took care of me, both on the floor and in surgery. Nurses don't get thanked enough for what they do. My nurses didn't have to go to great lengths, but coming in and helping me when I needed it and when I didn't think I did. So, to Pat, Sandy (M.A.s), Fran, Faith, Mary and the floor nurses at Cartersville Medical Center, you have shown me what kind a nurse I want to be.
  9. by   Brownms46
    I can remember having surgery in Gasden(sp)?, Al. and waking up and seeing what I thought looked like an angel leaning over me... I was in pain, and she could tell...she medicated me and then looked back again...and saw I had not got any relief...and said"Why didn't you say you were still hurting..??" I could see the concern and caring on her face, and I just "knew" I was in good hands..
  10. by   mattsmom81
    To all the GREAT nurses who do the impossible every day and make it look easy.....:kiss
  11. by   Brownms46
    A M E N to that!
  12. by   Dr. Kate
    I had major surgery about 3 1/2 months after getting out of nursing school. At one point feeling nauseated I put on my call light, when asked what I needed I barely got out "I don't feel good" It was all I could moan. Before I knew it, the RN was in my room, antiemetic in hand. How did she know? I had no idea, I was too new a nurse. But, what she did in interpreting, anticipating, and meeting my needs marked thereafter how I worked with patients, esp. post ops. From her I learned you don't make the patient wait, and you won't make the patient wait if you are aware of their situation and potential needs. I doubt she had any idea of how much she taught me in one simple encounter.
  13. by   LilgirlRN
    It's Gadsden, but you were close

    Unfortunately my good nurse story is also a bad nurse story... I was a new graduate hired to work in CCU in 1987. My charge nurse had been a nurse for 27 years or so. I had been there for 6 months and she went into renal failure and had to retire. That made me the charge nurse...I was in charge of me and 2 other new RN's and an LPN who had been a nurse for about 5 years. This LPN was really in charge, not me, I didn't have a clue about much of anything I was so green. She taught me almost anything I know about cardiac nursing. Unfortunately she became addicted to narcotics and no longer practices nursing. Pam was truly one of the smartest nurses I have ever worked with. She new what to do and when to do it for any patient that came through the unit. Probably kept us from killing off a few of the patients.